Onion syrup for cough

Making an onion syrup


1 large (or 2 small) RED onions
450g/1lb brown sugar or clear honey
1 jar


  1. Peel and slice the onion.

  2. Put 3 to 5cm (1 to 2 inches) onion in bottom of jar

  3. Cover with 3 to 5cm (1 to 2 inches) sugar/honey.

  4. Fill jar with alternating layers, pressing each layer down firmly before adding more. Cover last layer of onion with a thick layer of sugar or honey.

  5. Leave overnight.

  6. Strain off liquid and throw away any undissolved sugar left at bottom of jar.

  7. Bottle and label.

  8. Store in cool, dark place. Keeps for about two weeks.


  • Fights off colds.

  • Anti-infective, soothing, removes catarrh from chest.

  • Will help relieve chest infections.

More Ideas

  • Use any onion. Red onions are milder and more soothing, so particularly good for children.

  • Try making syrup from any other juicy plant.

  • Garlic (2 whole heads in 1lb honey) – particularly good for chest infections.

  • Ginger – warming, loosens phlegm, clears catarrh, prevents chills, ?pick me up?, stimulates immune system.

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